The United Nation’s 2006 report “Livestock’s Long Shadow” is regularly cited by anti-agriculture groups blaming climate change on meat production. But one of the authors of the report has finally admitted that the report exaggerates the contribution of livestock production to greenhouse gas emissions, according to an article in the UK’s Telegraph.

The admission follows a report this week from Dr Frank Mitloehner, from the University of California at Davis, presented to the American Chemical Society. Mitloehner points out that UN scientists preparing their report added up all the energy inputs contributing to every stage of the meat-production system, including fertilizer manufacturing, crop production, storage, processing and so on. For the transport sector, they included only the direct emissions of greenhouse gasses from vehicles.

The report then concluded that livestock production contributes more greenhouse gasses than transportation, a notion that seemed silly to all but the anti-meat activists who chant the results like a mantra. Read the Telegraph article.